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in just hours, he will take off in a helicopter from behind me at st. peter's basilica. the swiss guards who protect him will stand down, but that is tomorrow. today was about farewell. a farewell both buoyant and subdued, fitting for a pope of paradox. it was a last glimpse, a last chance to hear his words. soaking in the cheers, benedict rode in his popemobile, waving, kissing babies. and when he rose to speak, an ovation. it was a frail man today, a marked difference from the day he began his papacy. known as god's rottweiler, he's been a leader bent on defending the traditions of the church in a modern world. but his papacy would be tested by the pain and deceit of the church's sex abuse scandal. today, he spoke of joy and sadness. days of sun and light breezes, when the fishing was abundant. but there were times when the waters were choppy and there were headwinds.
times, when he said, it looked as if the lord was sleeping. among those listening, the cardinals. those who will decide benedict's successor. i spoke with cardinal donald wuerl of washington. how about the chances of an american? cardinal dolan, o'malley of boston? >> i think the conventional wisdom, which i think is correct, is a pope from the superpower would probably have a lot going against him, when he's trying to present a spiritual message to the rest of the world. >> reporter: tomorrow night, benedict will no longer be pope. he will be called pope emeritus, wear simple white, those trademark red shoes, symbolizing the blood of martyrs, designed by prada, replaced by ordinary brown, handmade in mexico. pope benedict's most lasting legacy may well be his decision to leave. a very modern decision from a traditional man. that helicopter i told you about is going to take about a 15-minute ride to castel
gandalfo, the pope's summer residence. the pope will remain there until restorations are completed on the vatican convent right here. there, the pope will live out his days in prayer and study. in his words, diane, he will be hidden to the world. >> all right, george, our thanks to you. and, of course, when the pope leaves, it will be up to the cardinals and their vote. and here's one snapshot from a modern pilgrimage. there he was, boston's cardinal o'malley, on the plane to rome, with a newspaper, wearing his signature simple brown robe. and we were all rewinding this tape today. seven years ago, take a look. there, sealed with a ribbon, a key turns and a new pope, pope benedict, is shown around his new home. the papal apartment. there are ten rooms, floors of 16th century marble. a library crowned with an antique ceiling. and soon, another man will be passing through that door, a pope chosen in the mysterious ritual known as the conclave. abc's david wright tells us
about the ancient vote to come. >> reporter: before the cardinals file into the sistine chapel and lock the doors behind them, technicians will have pulled up the floorboards to install cell phone jamming devices. violating the secrecy is punishable by excommunication. >> it's a way of ensuring that the voice that's speaking to the cardinals during the conclave belongs to the holy spirit and to no one else. >> reporter: no one knows how long it will take. the shortest conclave lasted just a few hours. the longest? nearly three years. in fact, that's why they started locking the doors. in the middle ages, during the plague years, a conclave meeting in the town of viterbo took so long, frustrated villagers eventually locked the cardinals in to hurry them up. it didn't work, so they tried to starve them out. that didn't work. so, they exposed them to the elements, tearing the roof off the building to let the holy spirit in. not going to happen in the
sistine chapel, where the ceiling is michelangelo's masterpiece. these days, the cardinals have rooms in a vatican guest house, but they're still cut off from the outside world for the duration. this is your first conclave, if i am not mistaken. >> it is. >> reporter: cardinal william levada of san francisco has been told what to expect. >> i think it's a prayerful atmosphere. >> reporter: it is not like a party nominating convention. >> no, no. it is not like that at all. no rah-rah and hooray for this. >> reporter: no big speeches. >> no campaigning. you can't put yourself forward. >> reporter: when the time comes to vote, the cardinals are strongly urged to disguise their handwriting, to avoid any awkwardness later. but make no mistake, ever so quietly, the politicking has already begun. this morning, you could see the cardinals whispering. david wright, abc news, rome. and next here tonight, we are learning that the american role in syria may be about to change. the obama administration could soon decide to send military
equipment to the rebels or other aid of some kind to the rebels. which will it be? abc's martha raddatz here to debrief us. martha? >> reporter: diane, this is an acknowledgement that what the u.s. has been doing so far has not worked. and it is clear from phone calls i've been making to officials up until just a few moments ago, that the administration is now ready to do more to pressure the assad regime. it would be the first time the u.s. has given aid to the military side of the opposition forces. i'm told it could be anything from communications gear to medical supplies to body armor to armored vehicles. even if it is just communications here or medical supplies, that would be a significant shift for the u.s. and could be a big boost to these opposition groups. it is expected that the new secretary of state, john kerry, will announce this tomorrow in rome as part of his first overseas trip, diane. >> and what about weapons, martha? are they still on the table? >> reporter: well, there won't be weapons. syria is awash in weapons already.
and the u.s. has always been wary of giving weapons for fear they would end up in the wrong hands. the rebels we and others are dealing with have been vetted, but as we know, some of the other rebel groups are affiliated with al qaeda. >> all right, martha raddatz, thanks for giving us a heads up on tomorrow's action. thank you. and now we move to that other storm in washington, over the automatic spending cuts set to kick in on friday. $85 billion. today, president obama met informally with the leaders of both parties in congress. it was brief, just a few minutes. they are scheduled to talk again friday, but there is no sign of any deal to avoid the blunt force of the cuts. even though today, in an exclusive interview, the attorney general told our senior justice correspondent pierre thomas, the sequester's cuts will hurt national security. >> reporter: after a top secret fbi briefing on the nation's terror threat this morning, the attorney general issued a stark
warning about those deep budget cuts. >> there are not going to be as many fbi agents, atf agents, dea agents, prosecutors doing their jobs. they're going to be furloughed. >> reporter: you have members of the republican party saying that it's smoke and mirrors, that the administration is crying wolf. that it's fear mongering. >> this is something that is going to have an impact on the safety of this country. and anybody who says that that's not true is either lying or saying something that runs contrary to the facts. >> reporter: as we spent the day with him, it was quite clear that many explosive issues were engulfing his department. on capitol hill, a dramatic hearing about the newtown massacre, a reminder of the epic political battle over gun control. >> jesse was the love of my life. he was the only family i had left. it's hard for me to be here today, talking about my deceased son. i have to.
i'm his voice. >> reporter: holder said the day he went to newtown marked him for life. >> i have to tell you that walking through sandy hook elementary school and going into those classrooms and seeing the caked blood, seeing the crime scene photos of these little angels was the most difficult thing that i have ever had to do in my professional life. >> reporter: were you fighting back tears, may i ask? >> unsuccessfully. i tried to hold it together as best i could. >> reporter: holder said he has ordered his staff to study ways to identify mass shooters before they strike, and he vowed to fight for the assault weapons ban. he told us he believes there's a good chance it will pass. >> i think what we as a nation have said is enough is enough. >> reporter: we'll see if that's true in the coming months. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. and another note from washington. the president also unveiled a statue for rosa parks at the capitol. it shows her sitting in that seat on the bus, where she
refused to move to the back because her place in front was supposed to be reserved for whites. you may recall this picture from april. the president sitting on the bus, exactly where an exhausted rosa parks began that act of rebellion that fired up the civil rights movement. and we move on next to a class action lawsuit that has the attention of a lot of americans. it is about beer. the charge is that budweiser allegedly watered down some of its beer. the company says no. abc's linzie janis tells us more. ♪ king of beers >> reporter: is the king of beers shortchanging its subjects? lawsuits filed in four states are accusing anheuser-busch of being, well, buzz killers. the legal filings say anheuser-busch is falsely representing the alcohol content of its products, by watering down their beers by as much as 8% of the amount stated on the label. the lawyer representing the allegedly betrayed beer drinkers
says he has more than a dozen former anheuser-busch employees that say they witnessed or were involved in the process. >> as it's running down the line to go into bottles and cans, they add water to it to dilute it below the stated alcohol content on the label. >> reporter: the whistle blowers haven't come out publicly and no tests have been performed, but these lawyers have won cases against corporate giants before. anheuser-busch called the claims completely false and groundless. >> beer drinkers are a very loyal crowd. it may make them question things. >> reporter: makers mark learned that the hard way. public outcry forced it to change course after announcing it would dilute its trademark bur bo bourbon, posting on its website, quote, you spoke, we listened. >> brewers have to be consistent and put out the same thing over an over. >> reporter: and if anheuser-busch wants its customers to be consistent, it will need to convince them they
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most notably with with leonardo dicaprio and kate winslet going overboard. but that "titanic" was a hollywood "titanic," much of it the visual output of a computer program. this, however, is "titanic ii," the remark of the actual ship, full scale, by this man. >> i'm funding this myself because i want to spend the money i've got before i die. >> reporter: clive palmer is an australian billionaire, for whom building a second "titanic" is a long-time dream, which he is paying some $500 million to make happen. especially to ensure that it comes off, well, remarkably like the old one. matching what was then with what will be the next time "titanic" sails. that will be, he hopes, sometime in 2016, with the boat building carried out in china. of course, given what happened to the first can titanic," is it attempting fate to send a second one out to sea? palmer does not think so. >> one of the benefits of global warming has been, there isn't so many icebergs in the north
atlantic these days. >> reporter: neither would the most famous survivor of all, molly brown. according to her great granddaughter, she would be first in line for a ticket. >> probably because she never finished the voyage. and she always loved to finish what she started. >> reporter: at least molly brown would recognize the place. although maybe not the ticket price. some of which may go for as much as $1 million for the best cabins on the first voyage of the second "titanic." john donvan, abc news, washington. >> a million? by the way, a first class ticket on the original "titanic" cost about $4,000, about $70,000 today. "nightline" later at 12:35 a.m. eastern. i'll see you again tomorrow. until then, good night. tonight the i team paints a portrait of the man who killed twot santa cruz cops he's an exmarine and a
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the line of duty in the department's history. we learned a lot more today about how they died. >> we have team coverage for you and vic let's start with the latest on the investigation. >> we have had a lot of new information today from the sheriff.ç2qóy the two officers who died are detective loweren butch baker, a 28 year veteran of the police force and elizabeth butler living here for a decade. police said they were kill bid a 35-year-old jeremy goulet. he had been convicted on sex and gun charges. the deadly confrontation started in one of the bungalows on the 800 block of the avenue. the detectives went to investigate a possible sexual assault. goulet fired at a kind grind coffee shop saturday, after reportedly broke into a
co-worker's home friday night. and made sexual advances towards her. >> i heard the female officer yell "stop". >> jesse may have been the last forn see baker and butler, walking in front of the bungalow. >> they considered me a suspect. they thought i had been holding up in that house with the suspect and i had not. >> after about 15 minutes he finally convinced two detectives that he was not associated with goulet. and continued waublging. >> all of a sudden, i heard bam, bam. >> this sheriff says officers found the two detectives bodies on the bungalow door step autos following the detective's individual murderss they were discharged by goulet. and their detective baker's vehicle was stolen. by goulet. >> teams set up a perimeter, here is a shot fr